Although we are of the same flesh and blood1 as our countrymen and though our sons are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery.2 Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others."3
References for Nehemiah 5:5
When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry.
I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, "You are exacting usury4 from your own countrymen!" So I called together a large meeting to deal with them
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